I was not on the blog all day today until now (technically tomorrow) because we were so busy. We had our “Country Christmas” (not as bad as it sounds) presentation at church this morning. Then we had lunch and made more cookies (we always give an assortment of cookies as gifts of love to neighbors and the band, random people on the street, etc.). Then we shopped for some white elephant gifts. Then came putting up mom’s tree and decorating it for her as she can’t do it anymore. Next was the Christmas white elephant dinner party. Then home to finish 4 continuing education hours. Now I am on briefly before bed.
I wanted to say hi and catch up on your blogs. I also wanted to voice my longing for simplicity. Why the commotion? Why is it all jam packed into one month? Why not celebrate Jesus every day and not save it up? Why not work on thr relationship rather than the party? I would honestly rather spend a day alone with Jesus than attend a hundred busy parties. What do you learn from a busy party? Now a conversation, you can learn buckets. Just a thought. Love you, friends.😄❤
I detest the idea of trancendental meditation, the idea of clearing your mind or focusing intention on ourselves. I was never comfortable with it, even when I tried it many years ago. Now, in my maturity as a Christian, I detest it. I believe we think way too much about ourselves as it is and that when we empty our mind, any fool can walk in and make a home there. Maybe I am the only one, but if I do not have a focus actively, intentionally on Yahweh, Almighty God, I am easily tempted to dwell on things I should not or even worse, myself. It is much wiser to contemplate God intentionally, to ponder His Word, written and living. We must constantly “take every thought captive” for the sake of Christ we serve and represent. ❤
Tonight, God gave me an answer. Most of my life, even the tomboy youth I was, I was fascinated with Cindarella. I have watched (often secretlt) every version out there. To me, it is deeply drawing and very inspiring. I have wondered at my and many, many other people’s fascination with this Cindarella story. Tonight, while watching a garden being built, God gave me the answer to why. The quandary is solved. I will tell you absolutely free of charge. Ready?
I am and you are Cindarella. I am a broken girl mistreated by the world in need of rescuing and have indeed in the end been rescued by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Think of it. This world shakes us about, it is unfair, we are unappreciated and cast aside so often, even by those who are supposed to love us. And we humbly step out for help and Jesus Christ swoops down and saves us from it all, elevating us from paupers to adopted royalty. He fulfills our needs and lavished rich gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness and self-control. We go from rags to riches, from mistreated to generously blessed, from orphans to family thr moment we are saved by Jesus.
What a revelation! It makes perfect sense. People look for a person or some substance or idol or fantasy to save them but Jesus is the only fulfilling and eternal Savior.
How cool is that?😄❤
I have a lot of responsibility. This is nothing new to me but there are some tricks I have learned in handling them all. I prioritize. It is manageable when you take the time to figure out which tasks get first attention and which can fall through the cracks. At one point, you will have to make that decision and if you have thought it through and decided ahead of time, it is less stressful when it happens.
For instance, first priority to me is what has eternal value or consequences. Therefore, church and devotions and prayer get top billing. If my kids want to talk about the Lord, I drop everything else and have that discussion. Church times are precious and I take my responsibility as curch pianist and ladies’ Sunday School teacher very seriously and prepare and am there on time. I don’t sleep in and miss church ever. Some days I would like to but serving God is more important than my comfort.
Then my kids and husband’s health and well being is next priority because my primary role after being a follower of Jesus Christ is being a wife and mother. I cook for my kids and keep the house clean enough to be healthy, I teach, I assist, I encourage and value them. If they are ill, I nurse them to health and pray with them. I incorporate my first priority into my second, showing them God’s love consistently and teaching when I can.
Then comes everything else. And everything else happens keeping in mind the first two priorities.
The head of everything should be God. This is His rightful place because He made everything and is in charge of our eternity also. And He is amazing and loving and truly good, so that makes it wonderful and everything else easier.
No one is perfect, and I don’t always succeed, but success happens much more often when you have goals correct.❤
So, we did not get the car we were planning to pickup on Wednesday. It was sold out from under us and I am bummed out. But one thing I have learned. God is in control. And He knows infinitely more than we do. Maybe that car would have been bad for us somehow. Maybe it would have required maintenance soon. Maybe we would need the money for something else. Maybe something else but I am certain that God knows best and I trust Him to n provide what we need when we need it. No worries. God is very good and I am thankful!❤
So yesterday was “Black Friday”. What color is it today? I suggest green for freshness and renewal. I never participate in “black Friday” because of three reasons: 1. I don’t have extra money right now and refuse to spend what I don’t have; 2. I hate the hostility inherent in the day and concept; and 3. I refuse to spend my money on demand from pressure and marketing manipulation. So, I do not participate in Black Friday but many do, so a green Saturday in reflection may be just what is needed to heal and calm the soul. God loves calm meditation on Him. And today us a great day to do that. 😄❤
Naturally a big picture person, I see the whole automatically and only very selectively see the details. But when I get out in nature, it is a purposeful act of worship to intentionally see the details, try to notice everything. It is in purpose and requires all my concentration. As such it is like a meditational therapy and also worship. Each detail makes me appreciate God more. Every detail is perfect, pure, beautiful, glorious. And the big picture, that God made it all perfectly in harmony on purpose with love. ❤